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Lennart Bunch

Lennart Bunch

Associate Professor

  • Medicinal Chemistry Research

    Jagtvej 162

    2100 København Ø

    Phone: +45 35 33 62 44

Ever since my first experience with organic chemistry as an undergraduate, I have been spellbound with this field of research: The ability of mankind to synthesize any compound of interest and hereafter investigate how a structural change affects its biological activity. The intellectual aspect of rational drug design and synthesis is to me captivating and motivates me every day I go to work.

My passion for natural science made it easy for me to choose my undergraduate studies as a chemical engineer with special focus on organic synthesis and quantum chemistry. My eager to learn more and understand the fundamentals of organic chemistry drove me to pursue a 2-year master study at Florida State University (FSU) in the USA. Accepting an offer of full tuition-waiver and a teaching position at FSU, those two years of intensive study made it clear to me that I wanted to establish a research group in academia within the field of organic and medicinal chemistry.

Returning to my home country for a PhD study in organic chemistry/medicinal chemistry was an easy choice for me. The topic of my thesis was new ligands for the glutamat receptors - a fascinating field within CNS research! Changing my focus for a while, I chose to do my postdoc at DTU in Denmark within organometallic chemistry developing new methodology.

My determinacy to pursue an academic career prompted me to apply for a three-year Assistant Professorship through the Danish Research Foundation, and was granted this in 2003 within the field of glutamatergic neurotransmission.

In 2006, I was promoted to Associate Professor and began to build-up my own research group – the Bunch Research Group



  • Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at the highest international level
  • Organic Chemistry: Multi-step synthesis and development of new methodology
  • Computer-aided molecular modelling and Rational ligand/drug-design
  • The Glutamatergic Neurotransmitter System, in the Central Nervous System




  • PhD course Advanced Medicinal and Organic Chemistry (AMOC) (6 ECTS points). Establisher and course-leader of the. The course runs every other year, next time April-June 2016
  • Organic Chemistry 1 for BSc students in pharmacy (7.5 ECTS points, lectures, problem sessions and lab work). Course leader and organizer

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